photo of 2017 class of Upward Bound seniors

Twenty-six seniors, from high schools in the Lansing School District, gathered at the Kellogg Center on Monday, May 1, for the annual Upward Bound Senior Recognition Dinner.

Twenty-six seniors, from high schools in the Lansing School District, gathered at the Kellogg Center on Monday, May 1, for the annual Upward Bound Senior Recognition Dinner. 

Cynthia Thelen, an Upward Bound alumni, spoke to the attendees about her experience in Upward Bound and how it has helped her throughout college and in her career.

Each senior was individually recognized for their achievements and shared their goals and dreams for the future, as well as their immediate college plans.

Upward Bound students spend time on MSU’s campus every Monday afternoon during the school year to participate in tutorial sessions, academic counseling, and enrichment activities.  Tutoring and academic counseling is provided by the professional staff and MSU upper class and graduate students.  Enrichment activities include speakers from traditional and non-traditional career areas, visits from college and university recruiters, group discussions and field trips.

Fourteen of the graduating seniors will be attending Lansing Community College, seven will be attending MSU, and five will be attending other colleges and universities including Baker College, Eastern Michigan University, Indiana Tech, Olivet College, and Western Michigan University.

For over 50 years, MSU’s Upward Bound program has helped hundreds of high school youth in the Lansing area from low-income families, and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, to complete high school and enter a post-secondary educational institution.  This is accomplished by providing fundamental support and academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages.  Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, career exploration, cultural enrichment, and work-study programs are also offered.  The Upward Bound Program at MSU motivates talented students from low-income families to complete high school and enter a post-secondary educational institution.  Using Federal TRiO program funds, and resources from MSU, the program identifies students in the Lansing area and assists them in developing the academic and social skills necessary for matriculation in post-secondary education.

Photos from the 2017 Upward Bound Senior Celebration can be viewed here.

For more information about MSU’s Upward Bound program, visit the MSU Upward Bound website.